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March 26, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / President's Report
« on: March 25, 2021, 09:37:01 PM »
President's Report March 2021

Congratulations and special thanks to Jennifer DeVito, Bill Jones, Jill Locascio, Carrie Marten, Jessica McGivney, and Jennifer Parker for organizing another wonderful Midwinter event. Its YouTube videos are also getting good traffic as well. 

I met with Jocelyn to discuss the Delegate Enhancement Subcommittee since the 1st Vice President works on the delegate initiatives. We ironed out some of the basic details before bringing a full committee together. We brainstormed ideas to encourage delegate engagement, including regular communication. We recommend that the committee consists of the 2nd VP, past president, the membership chair, and SUNYLA delegates. We will hold a meeting next month and then schedule 4 regular meetings each year, open to all delegates. The coming year's meetings are at 10 am on:

April 9, 2021
August 13, 2021
October 8, 2021
February 11, 2022
April 8, 2022

I will post these dates and meeting Zoom links onto the Council listserv.




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Here are the latest membership stats for March 2021
Current members: 362
Lifetime Members: 39
Student members: 85
Delegates: 56

SUNYLA membership has declined slightly. Though we can anticipate a change, since the conference registration usually generates a jump in numbers.
We did receive a request to gift a membership. This is possible with the giver filling in the registration form and payment. We could set this up more formally on the website to encourage library leaders (e.g., directors, deans) to sponsor new hires. Twice a year, the Committee could send an email to key library administrators promoting this opportunity.   
The SUNYLA LIS Student subcommittee met in early February and sent out a survey to current student members. To date, there are 13 responses (11 UB, 1 Queens, 1 UAlbany). It will be sent out a second time for more responses. From the survey responses it looks like students would most be interested in us providing interviewing workshops, mentorship, Resume/CV workshops, and a student advisory panel to SUNYLA.

The subcommittee developed a second survey for student non-members that will be shared through liaison channels. The committee is working on a flyer/poster that is focused on student membership which will include a QR linking directly to membership registration and a focus on membership being free for 2 years. This poster/flyer will be shared with through liaisons with the hopes that they will share with their student institutions via listservs. In addition, the subcommittee will make posts to social media channels to bring attention to student membership.
Another meeting is planned for April to discuss continuing to grow student memberships and the promotion of the 2021 Annual Conference to our current student membership and potential student members.

Once again – a note to delegates - Due to Covid and working off-campus conditions, physical checks to SUNYLA will take some time to process. At this point, deposits should all be up to date. Most of membership is paid via PayPal.

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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January 15, 2021 Council Meeting @ VIRTUAL / President's Report
« on: January 14, 2021, 06:49:02 PM »
President's Report January 2021

Happy New Year! Hope everyone is safe, healthy, and  happy.

On December 11, we hosted the virtual happy hour - Holiday Ugly Sweater event. Thanks to Jill for the Zoom coordination. It was several hours of fun and there was a request to host a regular Zoom happy hour.
 
I contacted the SUNYLA Archivist for an update, since there has been little communication in that area. There is a report.

Review of the Mentor Award (under Old Business)
The Wind Beneath Our Wings Award (WBOWA)

Mentors are vital for the professional growth of library professionals.  This award honors and encourages the efforts and dedication of individuals in the library field who have demonstrated exceptional commitment with mentoring members of SUNYLA. It acknowledges support a SUNYLA member received to expand their knowledge and expertise within the library and information field.

Award criteria

Eligibility for the Award acknowledges mentorship support of one or more SUNYLA members to reach professional goals within a SUNYLA library.

Nominators must be a current SUNYLA member in good standing for at least 2 years.

Award recipients do not need to be SUNYLA members.

A nomination letter highlighting the nominee’s mentoring activities and how they have made and impact for at least one SUNYLA member's library career.

We had one comment regarding Bylaw Draft (under Old Business) :
I am curious about this in the bylaws:
3.3 Student membership is available to individuals enrolled at least half-time in a library or information science program, provided they are not eligible for another membership category. After leaving school, the former student member may renew SUNYLA membership as a first-time member. 
>>> Why not eliminate the "at least half-time" language? 

Respectfully,
Carol Anne
   

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Here are the latest membership stats for January 2021

Current members: 390
Lifetime Members: 36
Student members: 94
Delegates: 56

SUNYLA  membership has remained steady.

Due to Covid and working off-campus conditions, physical checks to SUNYLA will take some time to process. At this point, deposits should all be up-to-date, as per the Treasure's report. Most of membership is paid via PayPal.

The SUNYLA LIS Student subcommittee was convened with many interested members! Amanda Lowe agreed to serve as the chair.  First Meeting report

1.   Current committee membership: Amanda Lowe (chair), Jocelyn Ireland, Fred Stoss, Mechele Romanchock, Joan Cook, Melissa Netzband, and Keri Thomas Whiteside.

    a.   If you are interested in joining this committee, please reach out to Amanda Lowe (amlowe@albany.edu)
2.   During this meeting we discussed who would be a direct liaison with each library school   
    a.   University at Buffalo - Amanda
    b.   Syracuse - Fred/Keri
    c.   Pratt - Mechele
    d.   UAlbany - Jocelyn
    e.   Palmer School - Joan
    f.   St John's - Melissa
    g.   Queens - [vacant]
    i.   If membership has any direct connections with anyone within these schools, please reach out with contact information or anything else that may be helpful for the school liaisons.

3.   Carol Anne shared list of current student members

4.   Committee discussed ways of interacting with student membership and decided that we should survey students that are currently members as well as students that could be potential members before we start planning any programming, etc.
    a.   Keri agreed to work on drafting a survey
    b.   Jocelyn agreed to work on drafting an email
    c.   Committee decided to wait to send anything out to students until the start of the spring term.

5.   Committee would like to request a small starting budget of $150, with the hopes that we can use it for future programming endeavors after the return of survey results

6.   The next meeting is on January 22nd, 2021

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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Thank you to SUNYLA members. I hope you are all safe and healthy.

A special thanks to April Davies and Bill Jones for working with me on the By-law and Manual changes. These are in the forum and we will discuss them during Old Business. 

Last month, I met with Kim Nolan, chair of the Professional Development Committee. We discussed the committee charges and its direction. That conversation generated the idea of separating the committee into professional development and awards/scholarships. As we continue to expand in the latter area, creating a committee that focuses on just awards/scholarships and another addressing professional development and continuing education initiatives might prove more manageable.   

DRAFT - Under OLD Business

The Wind Beneath Our Wings Award (WBOWA)
Mentors are vital for the professional growth of library professionals.  This award honors and encourages the efforts and dedication of individuals in the library field who have demonstrated exceptional commitment with mentoring members of SUNYLA. It acknowledges support a SUNYLA member received to expand their knowledge and expertise within the library and information field.

Award criteria

Eligibility for the Award acknowledges mentorship support of one or more SUNYLA members to reach professional goals within a SUNYLA library.

Nominators must be a current SUNYLA member in good standing for at least 2 years.

Award recipients do not need to be SUNYLA members.

A nomination letter highlighting the nominee’s mentoring activities and how they have made and impact for at least one
SUNYLA member's library career.

Respectfully,
Carol Anne


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Here are the latest membership stats for  November 2020
Current members: 388
Lifetime Members: 34
Student members: 83
Delegates: 56

SUNYLA  membership has remained steady.
Amanda Lowe has agreed to serve as the chair of the SUNYLA LIS Student subcommittee. We will meet next week to outline the charge and actions for the future.
Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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Thank you to SUNYLA and its members! I appreciate the energy that goes into this organization. Special thanks to William Jones III for his term as president - leading us through some trying times through the pandemic. Additionally, a HUGE thank you to Jocelyn Ireland and her team for the phenomenal work on the 2020 conference - over 500 attendees - WOW, a first for our annual conference.  And I am grateful for our delegates and their continued work with advancing SUNYLA on our campuses - we have almost 400 members due in part to their efforts.   

In August, I sent SUNYLA Standing Committee chairs the lists of members who are interested in participating in a respective committee. This should be an ongoing (@ 6 month) task. This informs committee chairs about members who would like to be involved. Chairs can contact these members to coordinate .... We do not have ad hoc committees on our membership form; would we want to add that to the new database structure.

Thank you to Katherine Brent for her many years in serving as the Webmaster.  At conference, Bill Jones agreed to take on the Webmaster role and work on the membership database.

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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Here are the latest membership stats for September  2020
Current members: 392
Lifetime Members: 34
Student members: 81
Delegates: 55

SUNYLA  membership has increased a bit since the conference; though the conference was an amazing boost. Delegate nudging is highly beneficial.

I reached out to campuses to increase delegate representation. I was able to get a few more and am waiting to hear back from several others. I am looking forward to working with a sub-committee (old business) for delegates.

Student memberships - CELIAM is a program at University at Rochester - the program aims to recruit more students into the LIS field. Would we be willing to extend free membership to these undergraduates? There are ~ 20.

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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Here are the latest membership stats for June 2020
Current members: 384
Lifetime Members: 29
Student members: 78
Delegates: 53

WOW! SUNYLA  membership increased from 281 in March to 384 in June! Delegate nudging (thank you); the conference and its professional development opportunities plus early member sign up (thanks Jocelyn Ireland); and another push to library school students (thanks Becky Burke) helped to generate this increase.

We need to address the delegate representation on some of the campuses. Last June, I suggested that the Membership Committee establish a Delegate subcommittee to address delegate communications, recruitment, "training," etc. for more consistent connections. Since some of this falls under the 1st VP roles, that official could partake in the committee to learn about SUNYLA delegate dynamics. The committee could generate strategies and communication tools for enhanced engagement. 
 
With the increase in library/information science school students, we should think of some strategies to engage this population. The most of these students are enrolled in the SUNY LISs (Albany and Buffalo), so we could initiate student chapters or a liaison for each school who would attend career or orientation fairs. 

This spring, I worked on the Membership brochure with an Albany LIS student. Bill Jones will be introducing it at the meeting.

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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Here are the latest membership stats for March 2020
Current members: 281
Lifetime Members: 19
Student members: 45
Delegates: 52

This year, the Membership Committee is working on increasing visibility and membership.  To give delegates a better idea of the SUNYLA membership on their campuses, I sent each one a spreadsheet with the SUNYLA membership database information for their campus. I asked them to review it and identify any errors (member is up-to-date) and/or updates (e.g., retirees, moved on). The email requested delegates to remind library staff about SUNYLA renewals/membership/opportunities. I offered SUNYLA tote bags as an enticement/ "Thank you" gift. I sent delegates over 125 totes.

It was an excellent response from a majority of delegates which prompted the request for an additional tote purchase. I will send these when I get back to campus. The database is almost up-to-date (a few stragglers - please send me this information). I sent April Broughton missing delegate information. In addition, many of the delegates have proactively reached out to their library staff, which helped to increase membership with new members and renewals. We went from 243 in January to 281! MANY THANKS to delegates efforts - you do make a difference.

We should note that there is a likelihood that membership may drop due to not having an in-person conference - just a note, no need to panic.   

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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Here are the latest membership stats for January 2020
Current members: 243
Lifetime Members: 16
Student members: 45
Delegates: 57

As always - delegates - please nudge your colleagues to renew their memberships or join.

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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Here are the latest membership stats for November 2019
Current members: 240
Lifetime Members: 15
Delegates: 56

More by January 


As always - delegates - please nudge your colleagues to renew their memberships or join.

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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Here are the latest membership stats for September 2019
Current members: 266
Lifetime Members: 14
Delegates: 56

Student Membership – I sent a message to all of the New York State Library/Information Science programs to post the SUNYLA student membership opportunity. We have 46 student members (some were prior members).

As follows are the college breakdown:
19 Buffalo
14 Albany
2 Pratt
10 queens
1 St Johns
0 Syracuse
0 Palmer

I will repost the message in October.

As always - delegates - please nudge your colleagues to renew their memberships or join.

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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This year’s conference looks very exciting – there’s lots of great programs, social events, and networking opportunities – take advantage of as much as you can. Many thanks to all who helped to make this another SUNYLA success.

I sent out information to all of the New York State LIS programs (7) on the two-year, no-cost membership available to students. At least 4 have posted the message on their student listservs.  There is an increase in enrollment but not overwhelming. I recommend that we initiate some efforts to engage these new members and would like to take this on as my past president project.

Erin Sharwell has agreed to serve as the chair of the Professional Development Committee. This is a big undertaking and we will be meeting during the conference to discuss the committee responsibilities and oversight. 

What a wonderful year – it has been a pleasure and honor to work with all of you – SUNYLA strong is its members – your work makes SUNYLA strong! Bill, Carrie and I have been working on a thank you for your efforts.


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Here are the latest membership stats for June 2019:
Current members: 248
Lifetime Members: 12
Delegates: 58

Student Membership - Not a significant (~10) increase since posting to the LIS listserv.   

As always - delegates - please nudge your colleagues to renew their memberships or join.

Respectfully,
Carol Anne

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